Man dies in Kuriwao crash

An 82-year-old man died following a head-on crash on State Highway 1 near Kuriwao, east of Clinton, yesterday afternoon.

Senior Sergeant Richard Whitmore, of Balclutha, said the man was a front-seat passenger in a sedan which collided with an SUV about 1.20pm.

He died at the scene.

The woman driver of the sedan was taken to Dunedin Hospital. Her injuries were not known yesterday.

Three of the four people in the SUV received moderate to serious injuries.

Two were taken to Dunedin Hospital by helicopter and the other was taken to Clutha Health First Hospital in Balclutha. .

The driver of the SUV was uninjured. Police, including a serious crash investigator, and the Balclutha and Clinton Volunteer Fire Brigades attended.

The highway was blocked until 7.30pm.

Balclutha police would like to speak to the driver of a heavy truck, with a red rear compartment and silver striping, which was seen in the vicinity at the time of the crash.


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